News clippings compiled by Richard Palmer.
Friday, February 23, 1883
The Lackawanna Road in Allegany County
It was last week announced as finally settled that the Lackawanna management had succeeded in perfecting arrangements with the Allegany Central, by which a portion of the latter line was to be made over into a standard gauge and become part of the Lackawanna & Pittsburg line. Particulars of the move have been given.
The Lackawanna & Pittsburg is the name of the company acting in this matter. The project is to build some ten or twelve miles of new road from the present line of the Lackawanna road at Perkinsville, near Dansville, to Swains. From there to Angelica the Allegany Central will be reconstructed into the broader gauge.
From Angelica a new road will be built to a junction with the Genesee Valley Canal road at Rockville, nine miles north of Cuba, and there miles south of Belfast. When that point is reached, a Pittsburg connection is provided over the different consolidated lines of the B., N.Y. & P.
While there may be some failure to finally carry out this project, the prospects now are that nearly or exactly what is indicated will be done. Surveys have been made in advance over both portions of the route to be covered by the new road, and there os probability of work early in the season. The plan involves considerable of advantage to portions of Allegany county.
While Angelica will be specially rejoiced at being put into connection with the rest of the world by an iron highway of standard advantages, she is not the only village to be benefited. It introduces into the county the great Lackawanna system, which has not become one of the trunk lines of the east, with all the benefits which come from such competition.
None can find no fault at the prospect as regards her convenience and interest. It will largely improve the value of the outlet afforded by the Canal route, providing for the village a new line to the east, and will make it in time a station upon the line one of the great coal producing and distributing companies of the country.
Friday, May 18, 1883
The Lackawanna road commenced running passenger trains from New York to Buffalo on Monday. The length of their route between these two cities is 409 miles. thirteen miles shorter than the Erie and thirty-one miles shorter than the New York Central.
Friday, Jun 8, 1883
There are usually no Sunday trains over the Canal road, but a special was run last Sunday for the benefit of several distinguished foreigners - Italian noblemen in the disguise of railroad laborers. The train was composed of one hand car, which was stolen by the travelers from the station in Cuba and run to the end of the section. There was a better one found and a trade made. The trip was continued to Belfast, where a short cut was made across country to the Lackawanna & Pittsburg. Both cars were found tumbled down the embankment.
Saturday, August 18, 1883
Messrs. Black Brothers, contractors on the Lackawanna & Pittsburg railroad, at Dansville, are carrying over the abyss at Stony Brook Glen, 195 feet above the water, on wire cables, stone weighing from one to three tons, saving to themselves some thousands of dollars in transportation alone.
Friday, September 7, 1883
Several buildings in this village on the proposed line of the Lackawanna & Pittsburg Railroad have been moved this week, as grading operations are going on very near here and the work is moving this way. Some of the iron for the new bridge across the Canaseraga at this point, is already on the ground.
The work of removing the huge stone from the Bennett quarries goes on with vigor, most of them being taken to the great bridge at Stony Brook Glen.
Friday, October 19, 1883
The Bennett House in this village lately purchased by the Lackawanna & Pittsburg Railroad company is to be moved across the street where it will do duty as a depot.
Friday, October 15, 1883
The Bennett house at Canaseraga has been bought by the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad and will be turned into a passenger depot.
Friday, June 6, 1884
Stony Brook Glen is six miles from Canaseraga. The Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad Company has a gang of men busily engaged building stairways &c. into the glen at the upper end, near the bridge.
Abner Rowe has the frame up for his hotel at Stony Brook Glen station.
The glen will be visited by a large number of excursionists this summer.
Friday, November 14, 1884
J.W. Coray, the new station agent for the Lackawanna and Pittsburg railroad company, has moved into the house recently occupied by Mr. Farquarson.
Alfred Sun, Alfred Centre
Thursday, Oct. 22, 1885
Orders have been issued by the receiver of the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad to resume business and commence running trains on Monday last. No trains have been run on the road since the employees struck for six months’ back pay some weeks ago. The men have not been paid, and it was thought trouble would arise, as they would attempt to prevent the running of trains. The suspension of traffic on the road has been a great detriment and has inconvenienced many people.
Wednesday, March 3, 1886
The engine of a way freight on the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad was derailed near Wirt Station, N.Y., on the 25th, and rolled down the embankment fifty feet high. Fireman Charles H. Graham, of Angelica, was crushed under the tender and instantly killed. The engineer jumped from the cab and was not hurt.
Buffalo Evening News
Thursday, July 29, 1886
A Good Appointment
Mr. William Bader, conductor on the Lackawanna, has been appointed general manager of the Lackawanna & Pittsburg Railroad, which intersects the Lackawanna at Wayland. Mr. Badger knows all about railroading, having served in all capacities. As a locomotive engineer he had no superior during the many years he operated that end of the train, while the satisfaction he gave as conductor on the Lackawanna induced Gen. Supt. Halstead to recommend him for the new position, the duties on which he will assume on Aug. 1. Gen. O’Brien, the present manager, retiring on that date.
Sunday, June 17, 1888
Silas Brownson’s Achievement
Wayland, N.Y., June 16 - Silas Wright Brownson, on Sunday last, walked, without a balancing pole,
the narrow hand railing on top of the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad bridge over Stony Brook glen, near Dansville. This bridge is the highest one in the state, being 245 feet above the water. Wright intends to repeat the feat every Sunday.
Thursday, June 28, 1888
Mrs. Ellen Graham of Angelica was awarded las week the sum of $3,833.33 against the Lackawanna and Pittsburg railroad company for the death of her husband, who was killed in a smash up on that road. He was a fireman on the road.
Thursday, May 23, 1889
It is rumored that the Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad is making arrangements to run into the Western New York and Pennsylvania depot at Belfast, which will be a great advantage to the traveling public.
Friday, September 20, 1895
The news comes from Angelica that a force of men is engaged in tearing up the track of the old Lackawanna and Pittsburg Railroad between Angelica and Belfast. The rails are to be shipped to Olean and White House and are to be used on the narrow gauge division of the C.N.Y. & W.